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SIU to announce new university president

Southern Illinois University

BY ELIZABETH DONALD

The trustees of Southern Illinois University are expected to announce the new president Monday.

The search committee was not slated to announce a final candidate in April. But on Friday, a special meeting was announced for Monday on the Edwardsville campus that included the appointment of the new president, after a closed executive session.

As late as their regular meeting on Thursday, chairman Randal Thomas would say only that the search was “well ahead of schedule.” He said they had narrowed the list to five candidates who were all “extremely qualified” to be president of Southern Illinois University and its multiple campuses.

There were nearly 100 applicants for the job, who were narrowed to 23 who were screened, Thomas said.

Outgoing president Glenn Poshard announced his retirement last year.

The search committee included representatives from the board, faculty and staff of both major campuses, civic leaders from Carbondale and Edwardsville and students.

The SIU president is in charge of both the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses, as well as the Springfield medical school and Alton dental school. The president also oversees the university’s lobbying and political efforts for funding in Springfield.

Poshard, formerly a state senator, congressman and gubernatorial candidate, has been president of SIU since 2006. He is the seventh president of the university system since it was re-chartered from a teachers’ college as Southern Illinois University in 1947.

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